Ludwig Albert (b. 1969, Belgium) is a Belgian composer, pedagogue and percussionist.
After obtaining his degrees in marimba, Albert studied under Keiko Abe in Tokyo (Japan), and performed frequently with her on several concert productions including Keiko Abe plays Keiko Abe (Belgium, 1996), Ludwig Albert in Concert (Osaka, Japan, 1996), Keiko Abe Charity Gala Concert (Japan, 1996), Dialogue in Nature/ K. Abe & L. Albert in Concert (Belgium Tour, 1997/2000), Dialogue in Nature (Japan Tour, 1997).
Founded in 1995, his marimba and voice duo Patrasche with mezzo-soprano Katrine Druyts was the result of his desire for new sound combinations. They mainly perform Albert’s own compositions, creations, and improvisations, all based on traditional folk songs.
In 1996, Albert founded the organization Marimba Projects to develop the marimba by organizing marimba events and pedagogical projects. In 2001, he founded the Universal Marimba Competition and Festival of Belgium, and serves as artistic director to this prestigious event, as well as the Keiko Abe International Marimba Academy, Ludwig Albert International Marimba Summer Academy, and Flanders Marimba Ensemble. With the aid of the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Albert created and founded a marimba department offering Europe’s first official marimba master’s-level degree.
He currently serves as professor of marimba at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and the Leuven University College of Arts.
Works for Winds
- The Universe (trans. Williams) (2012/2019)
- Ludwig Albert website Accessed 12 April 2019